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The legally prescribed marriageable age in some jurisdictions is below 18 years, especially in the case of girls; and even when the age is set at 18 years, many jurisdictions permit earlier marriage with parental consent or in special circumstances, such as teenage pregnancy.

In certain countries, even when the legal marriage age is 18, cultural traditions take priority over legislative law.

Providing a girl with a dowry at her marriage is an ancient practice which continues in some parts of the world.

This requires parents to bestow property on the marriage of a daughter, which is often an economic challenge for many families.

In ancient and medieval societies it was common for girls to be betrothed at or even before puberty.

As Friedman claims, "arranging and contracting the marriage of a young girl were the undisputed prerogatives of her father in ancient Israel." Most girls were married before the age of 15, often at the start of their puberty.

The countries with the highest observed rates of child marriages below the age of 18 are Niger, Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Guinea and the Central African Republic, with a rate above 60%.

The practice began to be questioned in the 20th century, with the age of individuals' first marriage increasing in many countries and most countries increasing the minimum marriage age.

In this context, it is important to remember that in halakha, the term ‘minor’ refers to a girl under twelve years and a day. I think your friend is weird for finding their coupling weird.